First Journalist Fired for Fake News and Threats Directed at Catholic MAGA Kids
It's been a bad week for the mainstream press, first with the Michael Cohen hoax by BuzzFeed and now with the Covington Catholic fake news, where journalists claimed that Catholic students mocked a Native American. That turned out to be untrue. It's safe to say that the spectacle has ruined everyone's last remaining shred of hope that the media would stop being the Enemy of the People. Clearly, that is not going to happen. The bright spot on the horizon is that The Wrap is reporting that at least one of these terrible "journalists" has been fired:
Digital company INE Entertainment has fired a journalist who publicly wished for the death of several Covington Catholic High School students and their parents in a pair of tweets over the weekend. Aside from his job as a post-production supervisor at INE, Erik Abriss is a contributor to New York Media’s pop culture site Vulture. “We were surprised and upset to see the inflammatory and offensive rhetoric used on Erik Abriss’ Twitter account this weekend. He worked with the company in our post-production department and never as a writer,” the company said in a statement to TheWrap on Monday.
Abriss was one of the hundreds of adults on Twitter calling for the deaths of children for the crime of wearing MAGA hats and smiling in public. Lashing out on Twitter, Abriss expressed his deep wish that the children and their parents would die.
"I don’t know what it says about me but I’ve truly lost the ability to articulate the hysterical rage, nausea, and heartache this makes me feel," typed Abriss. "I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them. And their parents.”
Well, that's disturbing. But it gets worse.
"Racism is in its Boomer death throes. It will die out with this younger generation!" continued Abriss. "Look at the sh—t-eating grins on all those young white slugs’ faces. Just perverse pleasure at wielding a false dominion they’ve been taught their whole life was their divine right. F–ing die."
Abriss wasn't the only journalist to get in on making outrageous smears and threats against the kids. The list of journalists and other assorted verified Twitter users who did so is so long that it takes an Excel spreadsheet to keep them straight. Here is a link on Reddit that has links to many of the archived tweets, some of which have been deleted. Here are a few screenshots of the worst ones.
The tweet from CNN contributor Reza Aslan is extra funny because there are no kids shouting "build the wall" in any of the videos that have surfaced. It did NOT happen and was entirely in Aslan's imagination.